Sessional GPs

A sessional GP (locum) is a general practitioner who does not have a standard employment contract with the primary care health centre where they work. They are paid by the session and are self-employed professionals, therefore not entitled to sick leave, holiday pay or redundancy compensation.


  • Locum Agreements: This BMA guidance is for locum GPs and the practices who engage them. It is aimed at locum GPs to help them put together written agreements with the practices for which they work, and should also be of interest to practices who engage locums.
  • GP Locum Handbook: The BMA’s handbook provides advice on starting out as a locum, setting up your business and establishing a contract for services with a provider. It discusses different types of locum work and contains information for locums on professional considerations such as appraisal and networking.
  • Agency Workers Regulations and Locum GPs: This BMA guidance will be useful for locums who are employed by locum agencies, as well as the practices who hire them.

The GPC’s Sessional GPs Subcommittee

The Sessional GPs Subcommittee is part of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC). They provide national representation for all salaried and locum GPs.


  • Consider all matters of interest for salaried and locum/freelance GPs
  • Lead on all GPC issues that primarily affect sessional GPs
  • Respond to relevant consultations affecting sessional GPs.

The East Midlands representative is Vijoy Kumar Singh, a locum GP in Leicester. He has represented the East Midlands on the sessional GPs subcommittee since 2010.